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California dreaming on such a winter’s day

December 14, 2007

Being injured sucks.  I’ve been very lucky so far in my career in the injury department so I can’t complain too much and my next race isn’t until the end of January so it’s not the worst time to be cross training.  The week of nationals I had a sore tendon in my ankle, I toughed out the week and then completely wrecked it when I raced on snow with spikes.  It hurt to walk the night of Nationals.  The next morning it was fine to walk on and I figured I was on the quick road to recovery since I was planning to take the whole week off running.  Then last Sunday rolled around and I went out for a 30 minute run to resume running again.  The run only lasted 13 minutes and I walked home.  I saw a doctor Monday morning, physio Wednesday and another physio later today.  I try running every few days but it has been too sore every time I got out.  My next attempt will be Sunday.  The tendon is visibly swollen right at the top of my ankle.

I don’t like the elliptical machine, stationary bike or pool running.  Today I used the elliptical for 5 minutes until I noticed it was bugging my tendon, then I got on the bike for 20 minutes, then I went to the pool and got a nose bleed 30 minutes into my pool run, perfect excuse to get out of there early.  Tomorrow I may give my body a complete rest and then hopefully Sunday I’ll be running.. if not, bike and pool for a few more days.

To keep me motivated I keep on thinking of the training and races I’ll be doing next year.  I think it’s going to be a fun and interesting year. I guess I could probably use ‘California Dreaming’ as a blog title every post from now until mid April…

  1. Skuj permalink
    December 14, 2007 10:45 pm

    Achilles? I got that sonofabitch right now too. But I’m old. Would heel lifts help too?

  2. Mark permalink
    December 15, 2007 3:01 pm

    hey reid,

    sorry to hear it, man. i’d be lying if i said frustration was the only emotion that came with not being able to run. but these things tend to make us appreciate it all the more, and as cliche’ as it is, what doesn’t kill us.. you know the rest.

    best of luck brother, you’ll be rollin’ in no time!


  3. Bridget permalink
    December 15, 2007 5:42 pm

    you know i read this right?

  4. Derrick permalink
    December 17, 2007 9:46 am

    Give snowshoe running a try for cross training. Make sure you use running snowshoes though. I was able to train through a bad achilles last winter by running on snowshoes. Beats the hell out of pool running and elliptical. If you have any questions about snowshoes, send me an email.

  5. reidcoolsaet permalink*
    December 17, 2007 10:26 am

    Not the Achilles but the Tibialis Anterior (top of foot). My parents have snowshoes and I was planning on using them or X-C skis over Christmas on my off-days if it’s easier on the tendon than running.

  6. kate permalink
    December 17, 2007 5:12 pm

    Bridge, Coach can’t censor his page just b/c you don’t like nose-bleeds…sheesh.

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